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Tax evasion following Carstairs land sale leads to $643,228 fine

Rodney Potrie, director of RAP Design Inc. of Calgary, sentenced in provincial court

CARSTAIRS - A director of a Calgary company has been fined $643,228 and handed a 15-month conditional sentence for a tax evasion offence involving a Carstairs land sale.

According to the Canada Revenue Agency, Rodney Potrie, director of RAP Design Inc. of Calgary pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2021 to one count of tax evasion under the Income Tax Act. He was sentenced in provincial court on March 24.

RAP Design Inc. bought 110.9 acres of vacant land in Carstairs for $3,120,000 in 2008.

Potrie then undertook a series of land transfers that he knew were taxable and eventually sold it later that year for $7,750,000. Despite knowing it was taxable, he filed a nil T2 corporate tax return for 2008, failing to report $3,472,962 of income.

“It was determined that Mr. Potrie intentionally evaded $643,228 in income taxes,” the CRA said in media release.

The total fine of $643,228 represents 100 per cent of the taxes evaded.